The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Photograph of Red-Tailed Hawk taken at Nichols Arboretum by Andreas Kanon
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wednesday evening scout & group programs

Scouting programs at Matthaei provide Girl and Boy scouts with new experiences and opportunities to meet many different journey, badge, and patch requirements. Please contact Liz Glynn for questions about meeting your troop or denís specific badge and patch goals.

  • Exploration Nature: Uncover botanical treasures and take home a terrarium
Discover botanical treasures rich in shape, color, and function and find out why we need so many trees, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Learn about the roles plants play and why they're important. Also, build a terrarium to take home.
  • Trail Treks: Discover tracks and trees
Hike the Sam Graham Trees Trail at the Botanical Gardens, discover the special trees unique to Michigan along the trail, and learn about Sam's pioneering ideas in forest ecology. You'll also receive a booklet to make leaf rubbings and you'll learn what makes Michigan ecosystems so special.
  • Eco-Kids: Go green and make a difference in the health of the planet
When it comes to the health of the planet and the environment, kids can make a difference! Make paper; learn how composting works or plant a tabletop garden to explore ways kids can change their world.
  • Sketchbook Detectives: Put the world on paper
Find out how artists and scientists both uncover the secrets of nature through close observation. In this workshop, paints, pastels, and colored pencils are the tools you'll use to rediscover the natural world.
  • Wetland Explorer: (Offered May/June & early October)
Clean water is important to everyone and everything! Use dip nets to discover how wetland creatures and plants tell a story about ponds and streams.

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